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20 February 2011

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  Vanderbilt Magazine

The VDS mission lived out in real ministry

Vanderbilt Divinity School is featured in the latest edition of Vanderbilt Magazine. The article examines how our ecumenical and interfaith approach to theological education is shaping our graduates into theologically and academically minded practitioners who seek justice. Read more >>

  19 Patout Burns

The endowed possibilities of human collaboration

At the beginning of his last academic year before retirement, Patout Burns, the Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, addressed the Divinity School, charging the community to embrace communal learning and collaboration. Read more >>

    Create Peace

A performance of peace

Second-year master of divinity student Nancy Hawthorne reflects on a class project that became a public performance of peace for more than 20 local elder refugees. "Create Peace: Refugee Elders Share Stories and Talents" was a collaborative effort with Catholic Charities of Nashville and allowed Hawthorne to deepen her own faith by forging relationships with people in our community who deeply understand accepting others as sacred gifts. Read more >>


Congratulations graduates!
Here are the newest members of the Vanderbilt Divinity School alumni/ae family.
December 2010 graduates:

Nathan Carden, MDiv
Sarah Combs, MDiv
William Flowers, MDiv
Deanna Froeber, MDiv
Dacari Middlebrooks, MDiv


Ryan Motter, MDiv
Barclay Owens, MDiv
Joseph Tribble, MDiv
Merrilee Wineinger, MDiv
Eric Brown, MTS


Chad Cunningham, MTS
Bessie Hamilton, MTS
Michael Harless, MTS
Ben Hughes, MTS
Samantha Williams, MTS

  In the news

Partnered for equality

Out & AboutLaura Rossbert, second-year master of divinity student, and her partner, Brian, were featured as an unlikely pair of allies working for LGBT equality. Read more >>

We Are Nashvill(ians) of the Year 2010

Nashville SceneHarold Love Jr., MTS'98, is among the Nashville residents highlighted for their extraordinary flood relief efforts. Read more >>

Let the Bones Dance

The Chapel Hill News—The Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, MDiv'96, released a new book focusing on the feelings of faith and its innovative integration into congregational life. Read more >>

Muslim-Christian dialog on the Biblical Mary

Vanderbilt News—An interfaith panel discussion entitled "Recollecting Maryam: An Inter-textual Encounter with Mary in the Biblical and Quranic Traditions" featured Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship, and was co-sponsored by The Carpenter Program in Religion. View video >>

VDS alumnus receives The University of the South's Distinguished Alumnus of 2010

The Rev. Becca Stevens, MDiv'90, became the first woman and youngest recipient of Sewanee's top alumni honor for her nonprofit work in Nashville and beyond. Read more >>

Levine leads discussion on homosexuality and the Bible

Inside Vandy.comAmy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, led a discussion after a screening of Fish Out of Water. The event was organized by Laura Rossbert, a second-year master of divinity student and Carpenter Scholar. Read more >>

Former professor honored during International Human Rights Day celebration

The TennesseanDon Beisswenger, Professor of Church and Community, emeritus, was honored for his protest against the School of the Americas. Read more >>

A Christian response to the BYX controversy

Inside Vandy.com: Opinion: Letter to the Editor—GABLE, the VDS organization to support LGBT students and their allies, wrote an open letter to the editor of The Vanderbilt Hustler in response to controversy which received campuswide attention. Read more >>

19 20 Upcoming events

Leadership Workshop
The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership

9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 19
Divinity School Reading Room

Josh E. Perry (JD/MTS'02), assistant professor of business law and ethics at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, will present a workshop entitled "Practical Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas in the Life of a Professional." Register online.

Health and Justice Symposium
The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership

8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 3
Vanderbilt University Student Life Center

This half-day symposium, "Health Care and Justice in Faith Communities," will engage prominent religious leaders, physicians and policy experts in suggesting ways congregations can become more involved in matters of health care and health justice. Register online.

Community Breakfast

7:30–8:30 a.m.
March 17, 2011
Reading Room

Ted Smith, assistant professor of ethics and society and director of The Program in Theology and Practice, will present a speech titled "Sex and the Limits of Ethics." Smith will argue that churches need to consider other kinds of values and talk about sex in language that cannot be reduced to ethics alone.

Antoinette Brown Lecture

7 p.m.
March 24, 2011
Benton Chapel

Catherine Keller
Professor of Constructive Theology
Drew University

Established by Sylvia Sanders Kelley, BA'54, this annual lectureship brings to Vanderbilt distinguished female theologians and church leaders who address concerns relating to ministry and the study of religion.


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